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2 officers who were responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein might face criminal charges for falsifying records

“The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein’s death” writes Associated Press for businessinsider.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.Stephanie Keith/Getty Images The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theories.Even with his death, federal prosecutors in New York have continued to…

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IRS Criminal Investigators Looking Into Bitcoin ATMs and Kiosks

“United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Chief John Fort said that the regulator is looking into potential tax issues caused by Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs and kiosks” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. In the U.S., a like-kind exchange — or a 1031 exchange — is an asset transaction that does not generate a tax liability from the sale of an asset when it was sold to acquire a replacement asset.Fort explained that cryptocurrency taxation issues are an emerging threat, adding that the cryptocurrency space has an inherent lack of…

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Epstein prison guards could face criminal charges from DOJ after declining plea deal

“The New York prison guards who were on duty when Jeffrey Epstein died could face criminal charges from the Justice Department after they turned down a plea deal” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The offer of a deal was a signal from the Justice Department that it may pursue criminal charges against the guards.The DOJ later admitted he had been allowed off suicide watch before he died.People familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Saturday that the two guards responsible for monitoring Epstein had declined the deal from federal prosecutors.The convicted…

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Don’t confuse the rules of a criminal trial with those of impeachment, former prosecutor says

“In a criminal trial, public opinion and outside influences are scrupulously excluded from jury deliberations” writes Star-ledger Guest for nj.com. When you closely examine impeachment through the lens of the criminal justice system, it is clear how different it really is.Were this a criminal trial, jurors would be selected by both the prosecution and the defense team, each of whom could question potential jurors to insure their impartiality and ability to return a verdict based solely on the evidence presented during the trial.Unlike in the criminal justice system, there is…

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Flint water investigators serve search warrants at two state offices

“Hammoud and her team have been tight-lipped about their investigation into Flint water since a town hall meeting with city residents in June” writes Ron Fonger for mlive.com. Flood also settled seven criminal cases related to Flint water with plea agreements that resulted in no jail time or fines for the officials who agreed to them.Eight criminal cases filed by Flood were pending in Genesee Circuit and District courts when Hammoud announced that strategy. Source: mlive.com

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Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia

“Abouammo worked as a media partnerships manager for Twitter, according to the criminal complaint” writes Aaron Holmes for businessinsider.com. Two former employees of Twitter have been charged with spying on more than 6,000 users’ accounts at the request of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.Our company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees,” the spokesperson said.”The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and…

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Price-fixing prosecutions under Trump are at a historic low for third year

“The figure, an improvement on 2018, meant the Trump administration has brought fewer criminal antitrust prosecutions than any U.S. government for almost half a century” writes Kadhim Shubber for latimes.com. Criminal prosecutions for price-fixing under President Trump have remained at historic lows for a third consecutive year, a drop-off in enforcement against big business cartels not seen since the 1970s.The decline has accompanied a significant reduction in the number of attorneys and other staff in the units of the antitrust division responsible for criminal enforcement. Source: latimes.com

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Spy agency policy ‘gives agents legal immunity to commit serious crimes’

“MI5 operates a partially secret policy that allows agents to participate in serious crimes including torture and killing, a security tribunal has heard” writes Nicholas Mercer for theguardian.com. Eadie argues that “the security service does not, and does not purport to, confer immunity from criminal liability” to its agents. The government must make clear what limits – if any – they place on agents committing serious crimes like torture or murder.” The hearing continues. Source: theguardian.com

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President must hand over tax returns after losing appeal

“A court has ruled that Donald Trump must hand over tax returns to prosecutors in New York after he lost an appeal against an earlier ruling” writes Vittoria Elliott for independent.co.uk. The president’s legal team had objected to the demand, saying that he would suffer “irreparable harm” if his tax returns were made available.Mr Trump’s legal team now has 10 business days to file a petition to appeal this ruling in the Supreme Court, where the court is currently divided 5-4 in favour of conservative justices.His legal team appealed against the…

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